theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord: A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends
“More than just a great and serious pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes is a Mensch. His special gift in recent years has been to bring young musicians just establishing their careers together with star players like himself in beautiful and/or interesting places. I feel privileged to have heard him and his juniors in programmes of rare Sibelius melodramas in Bergen, Kurtág and Liszt in the main room of Grieg’s humble home at Troldhaugen and two shared recitals linked to the revelatory exhibition of little-known Norwegian artist Nikolay Astrup at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Now Andsnes has just curated a superb series of concerts with the same mix focusing on 1828, Schubert’s astoundingly creative last year, around the baronial estate of Rosendal in Norway’s mountainous, fjord-riven heartland … This is a Utopian place for Utopian musicians.